City Division Office launches ‘Project Citizen’ PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 March 2011 16:32

The Zamboanga City Division Office of the Department of Education has been selected by the University of Asia and the Pacific to launch the 2011 Project Citizen, a campaign intended to develop school children not only as concerned citizens conscious of their civic duties but also develop skills in speaking the English language.

Dr. Maybelle Tee, Division Education Supervisor for Social Studies said the Zamboanga division office was one of the 7 selected areas in the country chosen to launch DepEd’s newest advocacy.

Six social studies teachers under the Division Office were trained for 23 days at Antipolo City as part of the international project which is introduced in 60 countries in preparation for the event.

Dr. Tee said Project Citizen is a pedagogical approach where critical skills, particularly discourse, civic knowledge and right attitudes are needed to influence public policies affecting the citizens.

Under the project, the students are then trained to seek out public policies interventions to help solve the problem confronting the residents of that locality. Those undertaking the activity are trained earlier to be practically literate citizens, conscious of their civic duties. Lessons are developed involving students in policy making where civic virtue are promoted.

As an output, students involved in this endeavor conduct research studies in their community and present their work in portfolio show-cases. They defend their proposals to influence barangay officials in implementing the said public policies.

Only three schools were able to join such scholarly competition. The team group from Ma. Clara Lorenzo Lobregat National High School, under Mr. Eric Maquinta, presented their research study titled: “Scavenging at Lumbangan Site; Ayala National High School presented the study titled: “Eroding Ayala Riverbank and the Danger it poses to its Nearby Residents” with Ms. Grace Rufino as the adviser while Regional Science High School presented two proposals: “Illegal Settlers in San Roque Cemetery” and “Vandalism on Government Landmarks”. Both entries were moderated by Mr. Joel Andres.

The judges during the competition were Ms. Monica Ang and Mr. Joseph Paje both from the University of Asia and Dr. Maybelle Tee of Zamboanga City Division.

Results of the competition revealed that Team B of the Regional Science High School emerged as champions garnering a score of 91.60 points followed by Ma. Clara Lobregat NHS with 90. 67 points while both Ayala National High School and Team A of RSHS tied at third place with a score of 89. The champion was awarded a brand new Casio printer and 2-way tickets for the team to fly to Manila for the Grand Competition at the National level which will be held on April 28, 2011. — Mrs. Florita Myrna P. Patacsil, SS-1